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Seeing it again in a fine new 35mm print, I realized the action doesn't center on the old man, but has a fearful energy of its own, through which he wanders. Kurosawa has not told the story of a great man whose sin of pride drives him mad, but the story of a man who has waged war all his life, hopes to impose peace in his old age and unleashes even greater turmoil. There are parallels not only with kings but also with filmmakers, who like royalty must enforce their vision in a world seething with jealousy, finance, intrigue, vanity and greed. Today we include Kurosawa among the greatest directors, but for years he was without honor and funds in his own country. Then his times grew hard.
B y turns achingly delicate and bracingly violent, Ran is the last great masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa , now restored to pristine 4K condition. A colour cousin to his black-and-white Macbeth adaptation Throne Of Blood — and no less overwhelmingly bleak — the film runs variations on the themes of King Lear.
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The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku -period warlord who decides to abdicate as ruler in favor of his three sons. Production planning went through a long period of preparation. Kurosawa conceived the idea of Ran in the mids, when he read about Motonari, who was famous for having three highly loyal sons. Kurosawa devised a plot in which the sons become antagonists of their father. Although the film became heavily inspired by Shakespeare's play King Lear , Kurosawa began using it only after he had started pre-planning for Ran. Following this pre-planning, Kurosawa filmed Dersu Uzala in followed by Kagemusha in the early s before securing financial backing to film Ran.